Dec 2, 2019 NYC Culture Catch: REVIEW - Can Anyone Hear Me?
Nov 24, 2019 Montreal Rampage: REVIEW - Persephone Bound
Nov 6, 2019 Broadway World: PREVIEW - Persephone Bound blends theatre and circus to talk about consent...
April 29, 2019 Sudbury Star: Playsmelter Highlights Female Voices...
Jan 20, 2018 The Vue Weekly (Edmonton): REVIEW - The Listening Room...
Jan 15, 2018 The Vue Weekly (Edmonton): PREVIEW - Is Anybody Out There?
PRAISE FOR ‘WOLF ON THE RINGSTRASSE'
“…a bold, powerful script… brought to life with shattering intensity…”
- The Calgary Herald (December 26, 2019)
" ...starting with Michaela Jeffery's compelling script, Spirit Fire Theatre's premiere of Wolf on the Ringstrasse is a triumph..."
- The Calgary Herald (April 19, 2019)
"A gorgeous historical play of epic depth and beauty. If Chekhov wrote Amadeus about Hugo Wolf, it would have felt like this. The dialog and story are so rich and complex, my brain chewed on them like a Michelin star five-course meal."
- Kate Danley, USA TODAY Best Selling Author of The Woodcutter
PRAISE FOR ‘PERSEPHONE BOUND’
“Highly impressive… a sharp, shock of a show…”
- Montreal Gazette
“A soaring retelling… told with grace, inventiveness and hope.”
- Cult MTL
PRAISE FOR ‘THE LISTENING ROOM’
“…inspired, unique in concept, deeply engaging… a stunning idea.”
- Showtones, New York City, NY
“…a high stakes, edge-of-my-seat, thrilling yet somehow poetic dystopian drama [with] characters who seem to come fresh off the pages of a masterfully written YA dystopian novel…”
- Erin Kahn, Stage Buddy & Box Five Reviews, New York City, NY
“The Listening Room explores the weaponization of information, history, narrative, and memory alongside the potentiality of dissent, resistance, and revolution, resonating, as much good speculative fiction does, both with and beyond our present moment. [...] In the play, stories are records of the past that can point the way to the future, and what we listen for and how we interpret and (re)present what we hear determines what kind of future that will be. The Listening Room itself is one such story, and it is well worth lending it your ears (and eyes).”
- Leah Richard, Culture Catch, New York City, NY
“… a speculation, and a knowing one at that, about the inevitable nature of government, of revolution and revolutionaries, of youthful radicalism and radicals… there’s no doubting the heat of the Cardiac production. It listens intently for sounds of youthful anger in the world, and connects to a revolutionary cycle that rolls on through time.”
- Liz Nicholls, 12th Night Review, Edmonton, AB
"... fiery performances… The evolution—and implied apocalyptic destruction—of tech plays a subtle role in the set design that makes one question our heavy reliance on digital technology today.”
– Vue Weekly Review (Edmonton, AB)
“The play bills itself as a darkly comic coming-of-age story for our complicated times. Understatements. [...] [The anger of these young women] comes from a place of compassion — for each other, for the planet and even for Robbie — which we understand by the time the lights go up. It’s not easy to tackle that and make us laugh, too, but this team pulls it off.”
- Liam Richards, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
“This is a play which masterfully threads the needle through a series of tonal shifts so audacious I scarcely noticed the time go by. From tears of laughter to tears of tragedy, the audience was brought by gut punches and gut busters to emotional peaks the likes of which aren’t commonly seen on or off stage. To say that this play MATTERS is to undersell both the incredible talent behind it and the importance of the message at its core.”
“There are plays that are amazing. There are plays that are funny. Then there are plays that are not only amazing and funny but also need to be seen. WROL is a play that needs to be seen.”
“The angry young women of Michaela Jeffery’s WROL (Without Rule of Law) are the heroes we need.”
“Congrats to @TouchstoneInVan for supporting the work of a bold new playwright with a beautifully rendered reading of WROL by Michaela Jeffery…”
“So happy we got the chance to hear WROL by the fantastic Michaela Jeffery. Such a tremendous play…”
“…the WROL reading was AMAZING tonight. Incredibly funny and heartfelt and a punch in the face at the end. Huge congrats to Michaela Jeffery and her whole team.”
“Wow! WROL (Without Rule of Law) by Michaela Jeffery: Thoughtful, provocative, heartbreaking and hilarious.”
“…what a fun, complex and poignant ride…”
“24 hours later and I’m still thinking about how beautiful, funny and emotional Michaela’s writing is…”
“Fan-fucking-tastic job to the cast and crew of WROL on your staged reading tonight, and especially huge congratualtions to Michaela Jeffery who wrote such a strong, hilarious & touching script.”
“Still digesting last night’s reading of WROL by Michaela Jeffery. This hilarious, intelligent and moving piece of theatre spoke to my inner child, outer adult, feminist heart and art loving soul. We laughed and cried out loud. ”
“This was astounding. I cried. We all cried. “
PRAISE FOR ‘SUNDOGS’
" ...It's always a treat to see a playwright capable of using a one-act's minimal stage time to find complexity. Michaela Jeffery's script is a tightly constructed prairie drama that manages to weave connections between its three characters while telling a story that speaks to the lonliness of small town isolation. Holly Cinnamon is magnetic as the troubled Aster, and the entire production is every inch the eerie prairie gothic it aims to be."
- Jeff Kubik, Independent (Edmonton, AB)
"This play had the most convincing and horrifying example of the consequences of living surrounded by clutter and hoarded possessions that I have ever heard or read..."
- Ephemeral Pleasures Review (Edmonton, AB)